Ginger Tea Bath Side Effects & Precautions

Before you relax in a ginger tea bath, be sure you're aware of any potential ginger tea bath side effects, risks, and precautions.

Ginger tea is so well known for the many ways it can help and heal us when it's enjoyed as a beverage, but ginger tea isn't only a delicious, refreshing drink... This herbal tea has many wonderful topical benefits, as well!

However, before using any tea topically - say, in a tea bath, compress, or therapeutic steam - it's important to educate yourself about any possible precautions, side effects, or even contraindications associated with topical use of that tea.

Before you sink into a relaxing, refreshing bath with ginger tea, take a few minutes to browse through these tips and precautions.

When you're planning a ginger tea bath...

  • Be sure you're well hydrated before taking a ginger tea bath. Because ginger tea warms the body, stimulates circulation, and encourages perspiration, it's important that your body be sufficiently hydrated before and during your bath. Why not keep a glass of cool, fresh water, iced tea, or freshly squeezed juice nearby to enjoy as you bathe?
Preparing for Ginger Tea Bath
  • Ginger tea's warming properties may cause your skin to flush and feel tingly during the bath. Some people even experience a slight 'burning' sensation (particularly in some of the body's more sensitive areas!), so please be very mindful of how much and the strength of the ginger tea you add to your bath at first, until you learn how much is right for your body.
  • Ginger tea baths are well known for their impressive detoxification properties, and it's completely natural to perspire while bathing with ginger tea. But, as your body begins to release toxins, you may find yourself feeling slightly light-headed or even unwell. Sip water or another refreshing beverage throughout your bath to support the detoxification process, and end your bath early if you're not feeling well (be careful getting out of the tub!).
  • If a child or elderly adult is taking a bath with ginger tea, be sure to stay close by in case he or she begins to feel dizzy or poorly while bathing, and needs help getting out of the bath safely.

Ginger Tea Bath

Ready to experience the wonderful benefits and comforting relaxation of bathing with ginger tea? You'll find a recipe here.

After your bath...

Ginger tea's detox benefits can carry on after your bath and even to the next day. So, if you find yourself feeling somewhat achy and tired, and have a runny nose or a bit of congestion afterwards or the day following your bath, your body may be continuing to release toxins. Be very gentle with yourself, get some extra rest, and drink plenty of fluids to encourage the detoxification process.

A few more general precautions about bathing with ginger tea...

Before adding ginger tea to bath time (for you or anyone in your family), it's a good idea to check with your healthcare provider or herbal practitioner about any potential risks or cautions.

This is especially important if you are being treated for or taking any prescribed or over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies for any particular condition or illness, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or any heart concern.

If you're expecting a little one (congratulations, by the way!), please avoid bathing with ginger tea until you've asked your healthcare provider about any possible risks for you and your baby.

And, please do not give an infant or toddler a bath with ginger tea without consulting with your healthcare professional first.

Rest after Ginger Tea Bath

Ginger tea added to a bath may irritate sensitive skin, causing it to become red and itchy. So, if you have delicate skin, approach bathing with ginger tea with caution. Ask your dermatologist if bathing with ginger tea is a good choice for you, and, you may want to consider another beneficial tea bath, such as a chamomile tea bath or a Rooibos tea bath, instead.

Because ginger tea is such an effective and powerful detoxifier, it's suggested that bathing with this herbal tisane be limited to only once or twice per week, at the most.

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As with any of the countless herbal tisanes available to us, ginger tea has so many health and wellness benefits. However, herbal teas do come with possible risks, side effects, and contraindications, as well. Before you add any new tea to your tea stash or your bath routine for any reason, it's essential to ensure this is a healthy, safe choice for you and your family.

Learn more about potential risks and side effects associated with drinking ginger tea here.

More about Ginger Tea Benefits


Benefits of Ginger Tea - You'll find lots of information about the wonderful benefits of this fragrant, tasty herbal tea for health and wellness here.

Ginger Tea Benefits & You! - If you've experienced ginger tea's benefits for health and wellness, why not share your story with our other readers? And, read what other visitors to our site have to say about ginger tea health benefits, too.

Ginger Tea Recipes - Making ginger tea from scratch is so very simple - and absolutely delicious! Try our recipes for a ginger tea bath and ginger tea compress, too.

Ginger Tea Side Effects - As delightful and healthy as ginger tea is, it's still essential to be aware of any potential side effects and precautions associated with this tea.

Ginger Tea Research - Interested in what recent studies have to say about ginger tea for health and wellness? Drop by our Ginger Tea Research pages.


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